In writing his book, Old Dog spends some time with Simon Black. The conversation reminds him of an old footy story.
Matt Zurbo reflects on the traditions of racing, from about as far away from the glamour of Flemington as you can get.
Ben Rutten has inspired this piece because Old Dog loves backmen. He loves watching backmen. He hates how they’re ignored when votes are awarded. He doesn’t like how stats rule – and he points out a ripper stat about the Swans premiership back line
Old Dog recalls a footy-less warm-up. [Ray Wilson and his Uni Blacks are onto something – Ed]
A sad Matt Zurbo spent time getting to know Robbie Flower. Here he offers some observations of a much-loved man.
Throw away the Hun and the Sage. Use them to line the cocky cage. The Old Dog tells you everything you need to know about the Grand Final.
This is an intriguing experiment. Old Dog, thinking creatively, again.
Matt Zurbo on the significance of ruckmen and their influence on games. [Top stuff – Ed]
As featured the the Age sports section today.
Out-of-form gun recruit Joey Loveless had a problem. A big problem. A big problem that wouldn’t go away. Matt Zurbo tells the tale.
Old Dog watches one of the best AFL games he’s seen in years – taking in the skill in the face of pressure and the fact that it was the frenzied chaos we value so much.
The Roos Blues and No Thanks to Youse! To be honest, I haven’t watched too much of the Big League over the last ten years. I play and breathe bush footy, not AFL. The marketing boys have done well to brand us all with their label. I take in enough games, or bits of games, [Read more]
Old Dog is on the high seas, crossing Bass Strait, with the footy on. Terrific account of the game and comment on how we see the game, and how commentators see the game, and how votes are handed out. [Nice Jim Jess reference too – Ed]
Old Dog detects from the collective response in the airport lounge that the people have a better sense of the spirit of the game than those who run it.
Matt Zurbo could do with some help transcribing some of the interviews he has done with old players. Here he explains what he has been doing and how you might assist if you have a spare few hours.
“The trick is turn turn chaos into something crisp,” says Brent Stanton to Old Dog and the Vultures at a memorable training night. [Not a lot of love for the Bombers and Brent Stanton at the moment, but this may redress the balance a little – Ed]
Matt Zurbo chatted with Tommy Hafey a number of times. Here’s what he found. [Brilliant story of Matt’s dad – and of how Tommy recognised it as a brilliant story – Ed]
Old Dog has worked it out: footy is like one-day cricket.
This piece was written by Matt Zurbo two years ago about the single best bloke he met through playing footy. Hit by a car training for his 22nd year of Seniors. In loving memory.